In support of the CCC’s work on the role of public engagement in reaching Net Zero, the University of Lancaster produced a report on the use of deliberative processes in developing climate policy. The report examines ways in which deliberative methods can contribute to better policymaking and the factors to be considered to successfully use deliberative public engagement.
2. Key messages
- Giving people a say in policies which affect them can increase the chance that policy will succeed. Deliberative methods can improve policymaking by obtaining the input of people who are directly affected by policies, but who are not usually engaged in the policy design process.
- Deliberative methods can help to: deliver better policy; increase trust in the policy process; diffuse conflict and resolve arguments; develop policy in novel areas; test support for policies; and give policymakers confidence to act.
- Using deliberative processes requires resources and expertise, but they offer a useful tool for delivering better solutions to difficult policy problems and avoiding policy failure.